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The Rand Index: Standards to Judge the Spread of Objectivism

By Scott A. McConnell Every business, organization and movement needs criteria or standards to judge if it is succeeding or failing. The Objectivist movement is no different, but it is harder to determine the growth of Objectivism because it is an ideological movement whose purpose is to spread a specific body of ideas to change a culture. Such change is very hard to achieve and to judge, even to observe. It’s hard to capture ideas in action, especially across a whole culture. But it needs to be done. Every movement or cause needs clear evidence if it is succeeding. First,… Read More »The Rand Index: Standards to Judge the Spread of Objectivism

Ayn Rand’s Critics

by James Valliant  Ayn Rand is hot right now.  Sizzling hot.  As government grows more intrusive, and our freedom shrinks, her novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, are selling at an unprecedented clip.  Given today’s headlines, it is easy to see why. Less easy to understand is the remarkable level of ignorance about Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. Can anyone doubt the truth of writer David Mamet’s recent comments about arguing politics?  Defining what he meant by “Brain Dead Liberalism,” he suggested that unless you can state your opponent’s position with such accuracy that he or she would agree, “Yes, that’s what… Read More »Ayn Rand’s Critics

Whittaker Chambers’ Review of Ayn Rand’s Novel “Atlas Shrugged” in The National Review

The following article by Dr. Michael Berliner, Ph.D. is a revised excerpt from “Reviews of Atlas Shrugged,” a chapter in Essays on Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” (ed. Robert Mayhew), due in 2009 from Lexington Books. Dr. Berliner is the senior advisor to the Ayn Rand Archives. He was the executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute from its founding to January 2000. The most significant review of Atlas Shrugged from the political Right appeared in The National Review (December 28, 1957) and signaled the “official” conservative position.[1] The 2,700-word review was written by ex-Communist, Whittaker Chambers, and was republished on… Read More »Whittaker Chambers’ Review of Ayn Rand’s Novel “Atlas Shrugged” in The National Review

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